Today, Royal Caribbean has shown a major sign of confidence in the growing Asian cruise market. Beginning in May 2015, Royal Caribbean’s soon to be newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas, will relocate to Shanghai (Baoshan), China for year round sailings throughout Asia.
The Quantum of the Seas will be the largest and newest cruise ship to homeport in Shanghai (Baoshan) when she debuts in Asia in May 2015. While homeporting in Shanghai, Quantum of the Seas will offer a variety of three to eight night sailings to Japan and Korea. The sailings aboard Quantum of the Seas will be an additional offering to other Royal Caribbean ships sailing itineraries in the region, including the Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.
“Consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and Quantum of the Seas meets that standard like no other ship,” said Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market with a ship that will capture the imagination of travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience.”
“Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there,” Goldstein said. “We will have to be nimble, but the ability to move fast is one of our strengths.”
“These incredible ships will meet the sophisticated expectations of consumers in Shanghai, New York and London. Our mantra for the new Quantum class of ships is ‘this changes everything’ – and upping our game in these key markets achieves just that,” said Dominic Paul, Vice President, International, Royal Caribbean International. “Our distinctive style of high quality innovative cruises has become known to travelers around the world and we will continue to deploy our most technologically advanced ships where the demand is, with the expectation of winning new converts to cruising.”
The Quantum of the Seas is currently under construction at Meyer Werft Shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. The ship is scheduled to debut in New York City this coming November, offering a number of sailings to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda until May 2015.
The new Quantum of the Seas will debut a number of “firsts” for the cruise industry, including North Star, a unique observation pod extending over the side of the ship; Two70, a technologically advanced entertainment venue; SeaPlex, a re-imagined sports complex; and many others. The Quantum of the Seas will also debut a new dining concept for guests, known as Dynamic Dining, which will allow guests to control every dining aspect of their cruise.